At dsm-firmenich, we know that creating brighter lives for 4 billion undernourished people takes solid experience, technical expertise, and passion at every stage of the development process. That's why we constantly innovate affordable, aspirational, and accessible nutritional solutions that will help change lives anywhere in the world. We recently attended the Micronutrient Forum Global Conference 2023. In addition, we hosted a symposium on the power of innovation to close the micronutrient gap and build more sustainable and resilient food systems.
Learn more about our solutions for equitable and essential nutrition to support closing the micronutrient gap and ensure micronutrient security in an era of complex global challenges.
Moderated by Asma Lateef - Policy and Advocacy Lead, SDG2 Advocacy Hub with:
Multiple micronutrient deficiencies often worsen throughout pregnancy, as there is an increased need for micronutrients to support both a woman’s health and the requirements of her baby during this time.
As women do not always meet increased nutrient needs during pregnancy via their normal diet, multiple micronutrient supplementation should be considered to help to close the nutrient gap and ensure that mothers receive sufficient prenatal nutrition.
Powdered vitamins and minerals, also called micronutrient powders (MNPs), are scientifically proven to provide the nutrients that infants and children, from six months to five years, need to ensure their best possible growth and development. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends using MNPs to supplement food for infants in regions where the prevalence of anemia in children under five years of age is above 20 percent.
Fortified Staple Foods
The fortification of staple foods, such as wheat and maize flour and rice, is a well-established, trusted and proven method of addressing micronutrient deficiencies on a large scale, in a cost-effective way and with good consumer acceptance.
Rice – the world’s number one staple food – is low in micro-nutrients once milled. Extruded rice kernels fortified with vitamins and minerals could improve the lives of millions of consumers who currently suffer from hidden hunger.